New technologies have created an increasing number of opportunities for you to share your work with a broader community of readers and colleagues. You may already have a personal webpage where you post your articles or link to information about your recent projects. This page lists several other options for making your work more broadly available.
Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization that has developed a set of free public licenses that enable authors and creators to allow others to make certain uses of their work without asking for permission. Their tagline — "Some Rights Reserved" — emphasizes the idea that creators can keep some of their rights while choosing to share the rest. You can use Creative Commons licenses to share your writing, teaching materials, photographs, or any other works in which you hold the copyright.
For more information, visit Creative Commons.
Deep Blue is an institutional repository that provides access to published and unpublished work by University of Michigan faculty and students. Work deposited in Deep Blue will be crawled by Google and other search engines, preserved over the long term, and made available at a URL that will never break.
For more information, visit Deep Blue.
Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative to create and share knowledge, resources, and research with the global learning community. Open.Michigan can provide the expertise and resources to share your educational content as Open Educational Resources (OER) so they can be shared and reused by other learners outside of the University of Michigan.
For more inforamtion, visit Open.Michigan.
Open Access journals
Open access journals are freely available on the Internet and do not charge for access to their materials. Users may read, download, copy, distribute, print, or link to the full texts of these articles without asking for permission. There are an increasing number of quality peer-reviewed open access journals available on the web. Choosing to publish your work in an open access journal ensures that you, your students, and your colleagues will be free to use the work in the future, and improves the accessibility of your work to readers throughout the world.
For background about the Open Access movement, visit Peter Suber's "Open Access Overview".
For a list of open access journals, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Many disciplines and research areas have their own online repositories where scholars can deposit data, abstracts, and pre- and post-print versions of their articles. Some of the biggest are arXiv (for mathematics and physics articles), PubMed Central(for biomedical journal articles), and ICPSR (for social science data). These repositories can be an excellent way to share work with your colleagues and increase your visibility on the web. However, be aware that some publishers may object to the inclusion of your article in a free database, even a pre-print draft, and may require that you remove it prior to publication.